The horrors of war have no bounds! Although the humanitarian provisions contained in international law agreements have never ended a war, they have nevertheless succeeded in alleviating human suffering. Humanitarian work performed under the symbol of the Red Cross and based on the Geneva Conventions bring a sense of humanity and peace into situations of war. The Red Cross is determined to side with the victims of conflicts and war. It protects and aids the wounded on the battleground, the shipwrecked, the prisoners of war, and the civilian victims.
The members of the Red Cross family do not differentiate on the grounds of nationality, race, religious belief, social status or political conviction. Every action is guided by the sole desire to aid men, women and children. Immediate needs dictate the extent of aid provided, and priority is given to the most urgent cases.
These objectives justify the Red Cross' engagement in the campaign for the global ban of weapons with extremely cruel effects. Such weapons include landmines, which mutilate or kill civilians and combatants indiscriminately, and laser weapons, which cause permanent loss of the eyesight. In recognition for its peaceful efforts, the Red Cross was awarded the Nobel peace prize on four occasions (in 1901, 1917, 1944, and 1963).